Birdsville to Daly Waters 12th to 22nd July

Hooked up and waved ta-ta to Birdsville.

Desert Birdsville to BedourieOff into the desert again on the road to Bedourie.

Cacoory BoreStopped for a look at the Cacoory Bore.  Boiling water pouring out of a pipe and down a channel to a holding pond for stock.

Dead Dingo Came across the remind of a dingo down the track.  Serious teeth.

Bedourie Camel Race Crowd

Arrived at Bedourie in time for the Camel Races.  A respectable crowd in attendance.

Bedourie Axemen

There was a wood chopping competition.

Bedourie Old Mans Race

An old man’s walking race, that’s me in the blue check shirt, I should have won but got pipped at the post by a local who broke into a run.

Bedourie Pig Chase

A catch the piglet event for the kids. It almost got away.

Bedourie Camp Oven Toss

A Bedourie Camp Oven throwing competition.

Bedourie Camel Race

And of course the Camel Races.

Bedourie Winning Camel

I place numerous bets, but apart from one I placed for Rob Farrington lost the lot.

Bedourie Out Back Promise Team

We picked up a stack of T-Shirts from Queensland Tourism.  I thought it was something to do with taking the pledge, but apparently it’s about visiting the remote Queensland outback. Which we were happy to do.


On from Bedourie via Boulia and Dajarra to Mt. Isa.

Mt. Isa Repair Planning

Gave us a chance to undertake some repairs to the van.  Here’s Rob Farrington planning the new base for my battery box.

Mt. Isa Repair Construction

Followed up by some cutting and drilling.

Mt. Isa Lookout

We didn’t do a great deal of tourist stuff at Mt. Isa, we were mainly there to repair and restock, but we did a bit.  The sundown view from the lookout was spectacular.

Lake Moondarra A

And Lake Moondarra, though low, was well worth a visit.

Camooweal Main Street

Next stop was Camooweal were we picked up some lunch and fuel.

Camooweal Drover Jeff Simpson

We backtracked a couple of ks to the Camooweal Drover’s Camp and were conducted on a tour by an old drover, Jeff Simpson.  He was absolutely fascinating describing the history and life of the drovers from the Kimberley to the west of NSW.  If you are ever up that way, don’t miss him.

Camooweal Georgina River

That night we camped beside the Georgina River, just over the bridge west our of Camooweal.

Barkly Homestead

With fair winds behind us we headed across the Barkly Highway to the Barkly Homestead lunched and filled up.

Sunset at Brunette Downs Rest Stop

After lunch we headed north on the Tablelands Highway and overnighted at the Brunette Downs Rest Area.  Marvellous sunsets. And it’s getting warmer.

TableLands Hwy

Continued along the highway through vanishing horizons.

Kiana Turnoff  Morning Tea Stop

Stopped for a coffee at the Kinana Station Rest Area

Cape Crawford Heart Break Hotel

Arrived at the Heartbreak Hotel in Cape Crawford for fuel $2.2o / litre!!!  Dropped in enough to get us to the Stuart Hwy and continued another 10K west.

Little River Camp

To the Little River Rest area.

Mt. Isa Site

A delightful spot next to a clear spring fed river.

Little River Camp Water Monitor

Large water monitors

Little River Rest Area Large Bull

And even larger bulls in attendance. We stayed a couple of nights here.  A delightful spot.

Carpentaria Hwy

Off west along the Carpentaria Highway.

Daly Waters CP

To our camp at the Daly Waters Pub CP.

Daly Waters Pub Outside

We went down to the Daly Waters Pub

Daly Waters Pub Inside

And had a beer in the bar.  This time it was line with bras rather than hats.  Makes a bit of a change.

Daly Waters Pub Pyjama Party Winners

The weekly Pyjama Party was scheduled that night and Rob and I turned up in out onesies and won first prize.  It was a great night.

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One Response to Birdsville to Daly Waters 12th to 22nd July

  1. Mavis and Ed says:

    Great photos as usual. Looks like you are having great trip but catch up Rob lol.

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